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Volunteers wanted to help clean-up local coastal areas

15 September 2021

Volunteers are being asked to take part in a coastal clean-up this weekend to reduce litter and plastic waste.

Northern Ireland’s largest community and civic pride initiative, Live Here Love Here, is calling for people to play their part in cleaning up local beaches this Saturday and Sunday (September 18 and 19).  

The big weekend event marks the start of its annual Healthy Oceans, Healthy Minds campaign, in partnership with Belfast Harbour, which promotes the health and wellbeing benefits of a clean marine and coastal environment.

Helen Tomb, of Live Here Love Here said: “The clean-up is the first date in a calendar of activities and events, which will run until September 28 and is timed to coincide with the annual increase in coastal litter after the summer season. It forms part of a coordinated global volunteer effort to remove and record litter from local lakes, waterways, beaches and the sea. 

“Ocean Conservancy, the marine campaigning charity which is spearheading the International Coastal Clean Up initiative is keen to remind potential volunteers of the central role the world’s oceans play in all of our lives, saying the ocean produces half the air we breathe every day, the food we eat and the water we drink.”

To get involved, volunteers should create a profile and register their events on the Live Here Love Here app and the first 30 registrations will receive a free Coastal Health ‘Adopt A Spot’ kit containing litter picking equipment. The 2021 Healthy Oceans, Healthy Minds programme will offer a schedule of informative and community events. More information can be found at liveherelovehere.org.

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